Mother’s Day Flower Exchange. Part One ๐Ÿ’

Good Monday to you all.  I hope you had a relaxing weekend, and maybe got some fresh air to get ready for the week ahead of shelter in place?  I hope you are all doing well and taking care of yourselves.  This week I wanted to start off with a wonderful happy post for Moms.  With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought these images of beautiful flowers would be the perfect way to start the week – Moms love flowers ๐Ÿ’!

Mother’s Day Flower Exchange

So here’s the backstory on this idea I came up with for a Mother’s Day Flower Exchange.  If you live in the Bay Area you know that May is spectacular around here with temperatures in the pleasant 60s and 70s and flowers blooming in abundance all over town.  When I say all over town – I literally mean all over town!!! I’m talking every front yard, back yard, retail center, gas station, grocery store parking lot, everywhere one looks flowers are abloom.  It’s like being in flower heaven all over town.  Roses mostly in the thousands and thousands are blooming, but other flowers join in the show as well.


Since my friends know I am an avid gardener, this year they have been sending me tons of photos of their gardens in bloom and sharing their gardening stories.

By the fifth text I got with pictures of flowers it gave me this cool idea – I thought since I’m not able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my friends this year, why not still make it memorable by exchanging garden bouquets?  That’s when I got the idea for a Flower Exchange – where I drop off a bouquet from my garden and my friends give me one from their garden.

This is what I suggested

“Iโ€™ve been receiving so many texts with photos of flowers blooming in springtime gardens and that gave me an idea. Youโ€™ve heard of cookie exchange, how about a flower exchange? I love Motherโ€™s Day and since I canโ€™t see you in person this year to celebrate, I thought we could do a flower exchange instead?

Iโ€™ll drop off a garden bouquet from my garden, and you gift me one from your garden.  Iโ€™ll leave my flowers outside, and you can do the same.  Iโ€™ll text you when Iโ€™m 5 minutes away so you know when Iโ€™m coming.  What do you say?  Want to do a flower exchange for Motherโ€™s Day?

Just get creative, this is not a competition!  Just have fun with the arranging and let’s celebrate Motherโ€™s Day in a unique way this year!    Hope to see you 6 ft apart with flowers ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’!

It’s no surprise that everyone was enthusiastically on board with responses like…

“Great idea! Up for it. “

“Sure lets do the flower exchange. I am up for it too, hopefully I will have more flowers in my front yard! Otherwise it will be mostly leaves with some flowers ๐Ÿ˜Š”

“That sounds wonderful! “

“Yes, flower exchange sounds fun. I am in.  Lots of seedlings are growing. Will take out a few by next Sunday for you. Looking forward ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ™”

“Wow what a great idea!”

“Hi Kalpana, I sure like your idea of exchanging flower bouquet with each other from 6ft apart. But as you know , Iโ€™m not very creative but willing to do it. Thanks for coming up with this unique idea.๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’!!”

“Thatโ€™s a lovely idea Kalpana! “

Mother’s Day Flower Exchange a Huge Success

I am happy to report that this Flower Exchange was a huge success!!  Basically I mapped out my weekend and stopped by my friends homes in one neighborhood one day, and my other friends and families homes on Sunday.

To be honest it was a lot of work driving around town delivering flowers, even though I was getting some in return.  It took a lot of planning, boxes in the car with padding to hold the vases with flowers and water in place, and making sure I drove slowly so they didn’t tilt and fall and mess up the arrangements.  I have so much appreciation now for florist deliveries!  How do they do it so well??  But it was all worth it!!

Friends were thrilled to see a familiar face!  What was meant to be a quick drop off and pick up, ended up being a few minutes of conversation from 6-ft apart.  As you can imagine people were craving conversation and company ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ˜€.   I got my dose of  6ft-apart socializing for the entire week ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜!

My garden in bloom ready for a few bouquets





Flowers and leaves, twigs and branches for arrangements

I cut and cut and cut as many blooms, twigs and leaves as I could to make a variety of bouquets in all shapes and sizes.  I had to deliver ten arrangements and I was excited to receive some in return ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ’!!






Here is a look at the arrangements I made for my flower exchange on Saturday.











Here is a look at the arrangements I made for my flower exchange on Sunday.



















I will post pictures of the bouquets I received in return later this week ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’!

Have a good week.  Please be safe and take care!


96 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Flower Exchange. Part One ๐Ÿ’”

  1. Wow so beautiful flowers….. Thank you for sharing a great idea….. And ya please do visit my site also… I am new poet,recently started my site, just want your all support๐Ÿ˜Šโœ๏ธโค๏ธ thank you

    1. Oh that sounds absolutely wonderful!! I love courtyards, I have one in my garden (my favorite area). I was in Spain recently on holiday and drove past Cordoba on the way to Granada, loved it!! I’ll have to plan another trip n May to Cordoba! Thank you for stopping by.

  2. That is just moving… I love how you’ve talked about and appreciated mother’s day…

  3. The idea was just great! I love it. It comes purely from the heart. (Hehe new and aspiring blogger here. Hope you help me out.) Happy Mother’s Day to all wonder moms out there!

  4. I have a picture of my kids when they were little. The backdrop is a huge rosebush. I’d only seen something like that in the movies because Miami just isn’t the best place to grow them. This was a great reminder of my yearly trip to California, which I won’t be able to take this year because of COVID-19 and money issues.

    1. Yes my kids get tiered of me taking photos of roses we are surrounded by beautiful flowers all year long here in California, thats why I blog about flowers and gardening so much, so much beauty to share. I am bummed that you werent able to make it here this here, I hope we find a solution soon so people can go back to appreciating all things beautiful without any worries. Stay safe and be well!

  5. Beautiful thought and we’ll executed too…. flowers have such a nice and positive impact on you and with the lockdown these days, looking at these pictures fills you up with immense amount of joy which is the need of the hour. Wonderful absolutely wonderful… ๐Ÿ‘

    1. It’s a beautiful weekend to celebrate life, from Mother Nature down to the creations of all mothers.

      Fitting to come so near Easter, a celebration of death. And even more so to be the season for Fall for some, and Spring for others ๐Ÿค”

      I love it! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  6. Wow. My head was just spinning…I love this, great idea, but, I am in a tiny apartment, no backyard, no garden. I’ll bookmark yr post because I love gardening and will use it to inspire a garden at my other place. (Moving soon)
    Thx for sharing. Happy mother’s day too๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒผ

  7. Such beautiful arrangements! Looks like a florist shop if I didn’t know any better!๐Ÿ˜„

    The flower exchange was a sweet idea and I’m so glad I was able to participate! Enjoyed making and getting the flower arrangements in return. Thank you for making it happen, Kalpana!๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’

    Enjoy your mother’s day this Sunday!โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

  8. Beautiful post! Loved your idea of flower arrangement exchange Kalpana! And love all your arrangement and vases!
    Cheered us up!
    Thanks for the gift, Kalpana! Happy Mother’s Day!

    1. Thank you so much Basanthi!! Also thank you for being part of my flower exchange! Loved your cute little bouquet ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜˜! Happy Mother’s Day๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ!

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